William J. Harnish

August 11, 1944June 9, 2014
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William J. Harnish of North Ridgeville passed away Monday, June 9, 2014 of an apparent heart attack. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio. He is survived by his wife: Susan; six kids: Billy, Trisha, Jonathan, Ashley, Sean and Nicole; grandchildren: 6; sister: Patricia Estrin; brother: Ronald; many nieces, nephews and friends. After serving in the U.S. Army, he moved to North Ridgeville at the age of 23 to pursue his dream of teaching and coaching. He remained at North Ridgeville for 35 years, coaching baseball and football and teaching at the high school. During this time, he also served as the head of North Ridgeville Parks and Rec, where he led the building of South Central Park and Shady Drive. Even after retiring from the high school, he remained coaching his kid's various baseball, softball and football teams even up until last summer. He also went on to serve on the Board of Education for the city of North Ridgeville. He also was a major contributor to Palmer field as well as a Free Mason. Aside from coaching and teaching he loved spending time with his family and dogs, as well as cruising around in his convertible, golfing and playing cards, no matter the game. His motto was "have some fun today" and he did that until his last. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 2 P.M. in the Cathedral of Life Church, 5375 Jaycox Road, North Ridgeville. Per Bill's request, those attending services, please wear your favorite sports team's apparel, jersey or T-shirt and as, Bill would have wanted "no Steeler Stuff"! The family will receive friends at the Catavolos-Berry Funeral Home, 23040 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Friday, June 13, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Online tributes and condolences may be viewed and expressed at


  • Visitation Friday, June 13, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, June 13, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 14, 2014

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John Gilgenbach

November 13, 2017

I got to know him real well in the year 1976 when I graduated, after my shop accident. He was one real good friend to count on.
I will miss him a lot now.

Tracy Shelton

October 22, 2014

I am sorry for your loss. I didn't really know Mr. Harnish but seen him in the office. many times. always heard he was great !

June 19, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Harnish family. We are so sorry for your loss. The Bunevich Family (Bill, Cherie, Josh, Sean, PJ)

Beverly Sutowski

June 19, 2014

Sue and family, I am truly sorry to hear of Bill's passing. With deepest sympathy, may God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow..
Bev Sutowski
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Ned & Jane Davin & family

June 14, 2014

Sue & family, We are sorry for your lose. We remember him as a good man and a person of great energy. He wore many hats: soldier, coach, teacher, administrator, father, and husband. May the perpetual light shine upon him. May he see the face of God. Rest in peace.

Mary & Skeet Peaco

June 14, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to you,Sue,and your family. We all have such great memories of Bill, baseball, poker and his everlasting smile. You are all in our prayers as you go through this time.

Michael Tahan

June 14, 2014

Mr. Harnish was one of the few teachers I genuinely liked being around. He seemed to understand better than many that being funny and friendly got you a lot further as a teacher. My deepest sympathies.

Larry Smith

June 13, 2014

To the Harnish Family I am so sorry to hear of your Loss. Coach was a stand up guy that I had the Pleasure of meeting back in 1990. Our prayers are with your family during these difficult times.

Catherine Putnam

June 13, 2014

Mr. Hanish's Business Class was so much more than just business, he taught us about life. Thank you Mr. Harnish for showing me how to live, how to love, and how to be an amazing parent. You have touched my life forever and you will be dearly missed.

Nick Weisheipl

June 13, 2014

One of Notre Dame College Baseball's biggest fans! I could always count on Mr. Harnish for a few nuggets of wisdom from his usual spot near the dugout. Thanks for the support and generosity. It was a pleasure to coach your sons Jon and Sean.